#Cubs Arrieta starts vs Phillies
Jake Arrieta aims at his 19th win when the Cubs open a four-game series in Philadelphia against the Phillies. Here’s the lineup:
In Arrieta’s last seven starts, he’s 7-0 with a 0.36 ERA (2 ER / 50 1/3 IP). A win Thursday would make Arrieta the first Cubs pitcher to win eight straight starts since Milt Pappas won 11 in a row in 1972.
Arrieta also is riding a string of 15 quality starts, dating back to June 21. During that stretch he is 12-1 with a 0.99 ERA. A 16th straight quality start on Thursday would make him the first Cubs pitcher in the last 100 years to accomplish the feat.
Arrieta’s last loss came to the Phillies on July 25 when Cole Hamels threw a no-hitter at Wrigley Field.
Over the last 21 games, the Cubs bullpen has posted an ERA of 5.89. That’s the third worst bullpen ERA in MLB in that stretch.